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Spearhead Gumleaf Katydid
Living in The Great Smoky Mountains, I never know what will happen next. I had just put out some birdseed when the Katydid flew in over my right shoulder and started dining. Its head bobbed up and down as it chowed down! The very next morning, as the sun was just about to make an appearance, I saw something stuck in the hummingbird feeder. Yes, a Katydid, and it was so “into” the sugar water that I was able to get as close as I pleased without even being noticed. The following day, on my way down the front steps, I found the orb weaving spider dining on a Katydid! Was it the same reckless one, or three different ones? Rhetorical question… Thanx again for listening,
R.G. Marion

Hi again R.G.
This looks like an Angular Winged Katydid to us.  The spider is an Orbweaver.

Update: (07/03/2008) Katydid IDs from Piotr Naskrecki
I have been looking at the page with unidentified katydids (Katydids 2), and thought I could help with some ID’s. From top to bottom they are: Microcentrum sp.

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Bug "Eating" a Bee?
Hello! We live in Spring, TX (north of Houston) and found this on our car this morning. It seemed that the black and orange bug had "stuck" the bee…reminded me of a mosquito sucking blood. When the bug noticed us, it started dragging the bee across the car. My husband tried to blow them off the car, and then the bug flew away dropping the bee. Any clues? Our 7-year-old would love to know…so would we!!! 🙂 Didn’t see it searching the site. Thanks!
Oh, wait!!! I searched one more time on your site before pressing "send" and found assassin bugs and there it was! Yikes! I’ll attach the pic anyway. Thank you! 🙂

Hi Bridget,
We are thrilled you located the Milkweed Assassin Bug on our site and your photo of this Assassin Bug feasting on a Honey Bee is a nice addition to our site.

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Cicada Killer Posing
Hey, just wanted to send these images along. I heard a cicada chirp, saw something fall from a tree and there she was. I actually watched close up as she stung the helpless dog-day cicada to make sure it was not moving anymore. I then watched as she dragged her prey throught the grass and proceeded 20 feet up a maple tree before I lost sight of her. She used her wings along with her legs to make it up. It reminded me of watching a leopard dragging an antelope up a tree. One question though, since these wasps live under ground, what do you think she was doing up a tree? I was thinking to get some height to glide to her burrow or get her bearings. Not sure. Love the site.
Alex C.
Rockville, Marlyand

Hi Alex,
You are correct. The Cicada is so heavy, the wasp would not be able to take off. She climbs the tree and than glides/flies toward her burrow. Thanks for the totally awesome image.

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Cicada Killer with prey
I identified this bug (I think) by using your site. I thought at first maybe they were flying around mating, but then it landed on my van, and I could tell that the bottom bug was dead and not even the same species. I noticed you said that you’d only ever received one picture with the cicada killer and its prey, so I’m sending you the ones I took. Sorry they aren’t too good, I was too nervous to go any closer…lol. It was huge! When we got back to our van 30 minutes later, it was still flying around with the dead cicada.
Tina-Northwest Indiana

Hi Tina,
Thank you for sending documentation of one of the most exciting predator/prey scenarios we know about. This is a Cicada Killer and your photos are quite wonderful.

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a picture for you
I saw this wasp dragging the spider through my backyard. I live in
central NJ. The spider’s body was about an inch long and in think it’s called a Rabid Wolf Spider. Do you know what kind of wasp this is? Is the wasp going to eat the spider?

Hi Pete,
This Spider Wasp is Tachypompilus ferrugineus. It is not going to eat the Rabid Wolf Spider. The spider will be a food source for the larval wasps.

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Assassin bug eats japanese beetle!
Here a few pics of an sawtooth assassin bug chowing down on a japanese beetle. I just though you might like to add them to the archive. Have a great day,

Hi Jared,
We generally see this Assassin Bug called a Wheel Bug, but Sawtooth Bug also seems appropriate.

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